It’s decided you want to get started in the hardscaping of your garden. But having neither the green thumb nor the skills or even the time or the desire to carry out this work by yourself, you have chosen to call on a professional. But as is the case when you decide to build your house, it can be difficult to know which professional to turn to. Here are some tips that will likely help you choose the right hardscaper for your project:
Bet on recommendations
If the Internet or even the yellow pages are inexhaustible sources for finding the contact details of hardscape companies, no one guarantees that the first results that will be offered to you will correspond to the most competent professionals. So, nothing beats the recommendation. Inquire in your entourage with the neighbors whose garden you appreciate, with your friends or your family in order to know if they know a quality hardscaping contractor.
Consult the achievements and developments carried out
In the digital age, few hardscaping contractors need a website to allow them to highlight their achievements. Take a tour of the websites of the hardscaping contractors you may have heard of in order to consult their latest projects. You will thus be able to see in a concrete way the proposed approach, but especially the style of the hardscape architect and the quality of the finished work in order to see if this approach can correspond to your expectations.
Choose a professional according to the nature of your project.
Although many professionals define themselves as hardscape architect in the broad sense, they may have sectors of expertise and predilections, either in the typology of the sites or in the style of the projects proposed. Depending on whether you want to work more specifically on the plant layout of your garden, build a terrace or dig a swimming pool and create its hardscaped environment, do not hesitate to turn to professionals with real experience and real know-how on these questions. They will be able to display it clearly via their communication. You will also be able to realize this by consulting the projects carried out.
Share your project during meetings with hardscaping contractors.
A garden hardscaping project can easily grow according to what you expect from a professional. The creation of terraces, the construction of a swimming pool or a garden shed, and the total plant development of your exteriors can quickly transform a small garden site into a large project. And like any big project for your home, it can be particularly interesting to meet a few professionals to tell them about your wishes, your needs, and your budget. From there, these hardscaping contractors will be able to give you an idea of the vision they have for your hardscaping. These exchanges will allow you to form an impression, good or bad, of the angle adopted by these professionals, of the affinity that you will feel or not.
Compare the prices offered to you.
The idea in this part is obviously not to encourage you to choose the lowest offer. Indeed, as we said above, the intervention of a hardscape gardener is a real added value, whether in terms of knowledge, skills, or resources committed to giving life to the garden you have always dreamed of. Nevertheless, requesting several tariff offers from different professionals is always interesting. Ask for the offer to be detailed item by item in order to have a clear and precise view of the budget involved. Of course, selecting quality materials and equipment will yield a higher quote than choosing entry-level materials. This choice depends on your expectations.